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Things To Keep Out Of Your Garbage Disposal

Category: Drain Cleaning Maple Grove MN

Who put what, where?

Many of our service calls involve fixing plumbing problems caused by incorrect garbage disposal usage. As much as we would love seeing our valued customers, we encourage you to leave the following items out of your garbage disposal and plumbing system to keep them working correctly.

close up shot of garbage disposal Expandable Items

Some foods like oatmeal and pasta expand when they get wet. After these items leave your garbage disposal, they get washed into your pipes where they may get caught. When they do, they sit inside the pipe and continue absorbing more and more water until they get big enough to cause a blockage and back up your drains.

Fiberous Foods

 
Your garbage disposal works by cutting food into tiny pieces that can easily flow through your pipes. Fibrous and stringy foods like pumpkin, squash, celery and rhubarb tend to get tangled in the disposal’s blades. When the tangle gets too thick, the garbage disposal can’t turn its blades and food gets stuck in your pipes rather than chopped up and flushed away.
 

Foods With Membranes

 
While stringy foods can get wrapped up in the disposal’s blades, very thin foods can avoid the blades altogether. The thin layers of an onion peel, for example, are much more likely to fold away from the disposal’s blades than be cut by them. The same is true of the membranes inside eggshells. Avoid putting these items in your disposal as they may remain whole and then become stuck in your pipes.
 

Coffee and Nuts

 
Homeowners often tell us that they put coffee grounds in their disposal to cure a smelly appliance. Unfortunately, coffee grounds clump together when they’re wet. They’re much more likely to clog your pipes than to make your garbage disposal smell fresh. The same is true of nuts. When grinding nuts in your garbage disposal, you’re essentially making peanut butter. You need only think about how tenaciously peanut butter sticks to the roof of your mouth to see why it’s a bad thing to put in plumbing pipes.

Need Assistance?

If you’ve put something in your disposal that perhaps you shouldn’t have, give us a call today. We’re happy to help and can fix your plumbing woes quickly.Give Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating & Air a call today for all of your home appliance needs. Let our team of professionals show you how we have earned our reputation for providing honest, reliable service!  

plumber plymouth mn | Dean's Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drain‘Tis the season to start getting your holiday gift list organized. However, we know that there is always that one person on your list that is tough to buy for. If you’re struggling to find the perfect gift for Dad – or for anyone who is a new or current homeowner – why not add another essential home gizmo or gadget to their toolbox? These are two tools every homeowner in the Twin Cities should own.

  • Basin Wrench –

A basin wrench is one tool that every DIYer should have in their toolbox. It’s inexpensive to purchase and it’s perfect for hard to reach places that other tools can’t reach. They can be used to tighten and remove a brand new kitchen faucet fixture (another holiday gift idea that the whole family can enjoy).

  • Hand Auger –

An auger or plumbing snake can help clear obstructions in your home tub, shower, sink toilet and drain lines. This is a great way to clear your drains without using harmful drain cleaners that can damage your plumbing pipes. You’ll want this on hand next time you have a slow draining kitchen sink.

Of course, if the DIY method doesn’t work for you – our professional technicians are here to help you with all of your home plumbing, heating, cooling and drain cleaning needs. Visit our website to learn more about the services we offer at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drain.

Contact the expert technicians at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drain:

St. Paul: 651-237-9190

North Metro: 763-515-4852

Minneapolis: 612-424-0982

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plumber minnetonka mn | dean's professional plumbing, heating, air & drainsThe holidays are the busiest travel season of the year. Over the next few weeks, family and friends will be traveling to visit loved ones near and far. If you are planning an extended weekend getaway, you’ll want to make sure that your home is safe and secure while you are away. This checklist will help ensure that your home is prepped for your holiday getaway.

Holiday Getaway Checklist:

  • Adjust Your Thermostat – Turning your thermostat down a few degrees will help you save on your home heating bill. Just remember that it’s important to not turn off your heat completely. Cold temperatures can cause your plumbing pipes to freeze, expand and burst. We recommend lowering, but not completely turning off your thermostat.
  • Hold the MailIf you are going to be away for an extended period of time, have the post office hold your mail. This will help keep things organized and prevent others from realizing that you’re not home.
  • Turn Off Your Main Water ValveIn the unfortunate event there is a plumbing problem while you are away, turning off your main water valve will prevent flooding damage.
  • Clean Out the FridgeThrow away any food that might expire while you’re away. You don’t want to come home to a smelly fridge!

If you run into any problems with your home heating, plumbing or drains, don’t hesitate to give us a call! Our professional technicians are here to help things run smoothly year round. You can also visit our website to learn more about the services we offer at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drain.

Contact the expert technicians at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drain:

St. Paul: 651-237-9190

North Metro: 763-515-4852

Minneapolis: 612-424-0982

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plumber brooklyn park mn | Dean's Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & DrainThe holidays will be here before you know it – is your home plumbing prepared for the extra stress? Before you sit down to reconnect with family and friends over dinner, you’ll want to take a few plumbing precautions. Here are a few tips to help you make sure that your plumbing is prepared for the holiday season.

Holiday Plumbing Prep:

  • Keep a Plunger On Hand – During the holidays, our bathrooms tend to get more foot traffic. Keep a plunger on hand in the event of an emergency!
  • Watch What You Put Down the DisposalAs you prep for holiday dinners, remember that potatoes, pumpkin guts, egg shells, pasta and stringy vegetables can all cause a plumbing clog.
  • Check for Problems NowChecking for plumbing problems early on can help you prevent an emergency during a holiday gathering. A little preventative maintenance can go a long way!
  • Put a Garbage Can in the BathroomMake sure that you have an empty garbage can in the bathroom so that guests aren’t tempted to flush items that shouldn’t be placed down your toilet!

If you run into any plumbing problems through the holidays, don’t hesitate to give us a call! Our professional plumbing technicians are here to help things run smoothly. You can also visit our website to learn more about the services we offer at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drain.

Contact the expert technicians at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drain:

St. Paul: 651-237-9190

North Metro: 763-515-4852

Minneapolis: 612-424-0982

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drain cleaning minneapolis | dean's professional plumbing, heating, air & drainSlow draining sinks are a common home plumbing problem.  However, before you head out to the store to purchase liquid drain cleaner – think twice! Here are a few reasons why you should avoid liquid drain cleaner and give a professional plumbing technician a call instead.

Why Avoid Liquid Drain Cleaners?

  • They Can Damage Your Plumbing.  The harsh chemicals that are used in liquid drain cleaners can eat away at the insides of your plumbing pipes. This can limit the lifespan of your pipes and cause more damage than is worth.
  • They’re Toxic. Liquid drain cleaners are made of lots of toxic chemicals that are dangerous to inhale and are bad for the environment.
  • They Don’t Always Work.  Store bought liquid drain cleaners are not a guarantee. It’s possible that even after spending money on a drain cleaner, you’ll have to give the plumber a call anyway.

If you find yourself with a slow draining kitchen or bathroom sink, give our office a call. Our drain cleaning professionals can help you clear your clogged drains and get your plumbing running smoothly.  We offer 24/7 service with skilled plumbers!  Visit our website to learn more about the services we offer at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drain.

Contact the expert technicians at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drain:

St. Paul: 651-237-9190

North Metro: 763-515-4852

Minneapolis: 612-424-0982

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plumber minnetonka | dean's professional plumbing, heating, air & drainAre you hearing a strange gurgling sound coming from your sink? There is something wrong with your plumbing vents! Here’s why you might see bubbles or hear gurgling in your sink — and what you can do to fix this common plumbing problem.

Why are there bubbles?

If you see bubbles or hear gurgling noises coming from your drain, it means that there is air trapped inside. While air is a natural part of your plumbing, it becomes a problem when pressure builds and affects the seal in your sink’s P-trap (forming bubbles). If there is pressure in your drain, when water flows down the drain, a vacuum will pull air through the P-trap, causing gurgling noises and bubbles.

There are a few reasons as to why this pressure is building in your sink drain.

  1. The P-Trap is not installed correctly. If the vent is not installed the correct distance from the P-trap, you could get this gurgling sound developing.
  2. Your drain is clogged. When the main vents are blocked, flushing a toilet or draining a tub can cause your sink to gurgle. It can be hard to diagnose exactly where in your home the blockage is. If you can’t find the clog, a professional plumbing technician will be able to diagnose the problem and find your clogged drain.

If you run into any problems with your home plumbing, don’t hesitate to give our professional technicians a call.  You can also visit our website to learn more about the services we offer at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drain.

Contact the expert technicians at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drain:

St. Paul: 651-237-9190

North Metro: 763-515-4852

Minneapolis: 612-424-0982

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drain cleaning minneapolis | dean's professional plumbing, heating, air & drainSlow draining sink? We know that this common home plumbing problem can be frustrating. However, knowing what causes drain clogs can help you prevent them in the future.

What is clogging your drains?

  • Cooking Grease – What did you do with the leftover grease from your last dinner? Although grease may look like a liquid when it’s warm, it turns into a solid as it cools. When the grease cools in your drain, it will stick to the sides of your pipes and keep the water from flowing smoothly.
  • No Strainer – Your kitchen and bathroom sinks, and your shower drain should have a strainer to help catch food particles, hair and other items from getting stuck in your drains.
  • Tree Roots – Do you have deep rooted trees around your home? If you have a plumbing pipe with a leak, these tree roots can get into your plumbing system and keep your pipes from draining properly.

If you run into any problems with your plumbing or drains, don’t hesitate to contact our plumbing technicians! We are here to help you clear your clogged drains and keep things running smoothly. Visit our website to learn more about the services we offer at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drain.

Contact the expert technicians at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drain:

St. Paul: 651-237-9190

North Metro: 763-515-4852

Minneapolis: 612-424-0982

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drain cleaning maple grove mn | plumber minnetonkaYou may clean the dishes in the sink, but do you clean the drain itself? These tips will help you keep your garbage disposal clean and free of stinky odors.

How to Clean Your Garbage Disposal:

  1. Sprinkle baking soda into your disposal. Then add one cup of white vinegar. Boil some water and pour the boiling water down the drain.
  2. Pour a cup of ice into your drain. Then run the water and turn the garbage disposal on until the ice is gone. The ice will help loosen up any debris that might be clinging to the disposal blades or to the walls of your plumbing pipes.
  3. Cut a lemon into small pieces.  Turn the water in your sink on and keep the garbage disposal running. Drop the lemon slices into your garbage disposal to help deodorize your drain and keep it smelling lemony fresh.

If you run into more serious problems with your garbage disposal, our professional plumbing technicians are here to help. We can help you clear your clogged drains and get your garbage disposal back up and running again. You can also visit our website to learn more about the services we offer at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drain.

Contact the expert technicians at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drain:

St. Paul: 651-237-9190

North Metro: 763-515-4852

Minneapolis: 612-424-0982

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drain cleaning maple grove mn | drain cleaning plymouth mn | Dean's Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & DrainThere is nothing worse than a slow draining sink. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent this common home plumbing problem this summer. Try these tips to keep your plumbing running smoothly.

Tips to Prevent Drain Clogs:

  • Dispose of Grease Separately – After frying a greasy meal, don’t rinse off the pan in the sink! Instead, you should save the cooking grease in an old coffee can and dispose of it in the trash.
  • Keep Hot Water Running – Keep the sink running for a bit after each use. The hot water will help keep oils from building on the surface of your pipes.
  • Clean Your Drain with Baking Soda – Baking soda is a great way to clean your drains. Throw some baking soda down the drain and let the hot water run to help clean it.
  • Freshen Up Your Disposal – If you have strange smells coming out of your garbage disposal, slice up some lemons and drop them down your garbage disposal with some ice cubes. Let the water run.  The ice will clean off the sides of the disposal and the lemon will leave your drains smelling fresh.
  • Be Mindful of What Goes Down the Disposal – Your garbage disposal can’t dispose of everything. Those summer potato salads and BBQ ribs can do serious damage to your disposal blades. Be sure to dispose of starchy items, as well as items that can damage your blades (like bones) in the trash.

If you do find yourself with a slow draining sink, don’t worry — we’re here to help!  Our professional technicians can help clear your drains and restore your home plumbing. Give our office a call or visit our  website to learn more about the services we offer at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drain.

Contact the expert technicians at Dean’s Professional Plumbing, Heating, Air & Drain:

St. Paul: 651-237-9190

North Metro: 763-515-4852

Minneapolis: 612-424-0982

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As of Thursday, March 26, 2020, Dean’s Home Services is OPEN to service customers with their plumbing, heating, air, electric, sewer, drain and duct cleaning needs.

Dean’s Home Services is taking every precaution to keep our employees and our customers safe through these uncertain times. We are training on best practices to keep everyone safe and healthy. If you have any immediate services needs or any questions about how Dean’s Home Services can help you and your family over the next few weeks, please call/email/text us right away. We are here for you!